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What a question!  Personally, I’ve never met anyone who ever wanted to give this a go, but it takes all kinds. So, what’s the story then? Can you actually fly with your suitcase full of the green stuff?

The Rules

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In an article entitled The Rules for Taking Marijuana on an Airplane, writer Thor Benson asked Franklin Snyder, a marijuana law blogger and professor at Texas A&M University School of Law, about this “hot” topic. Snyder basically said in not so many words … No.

Snyder did add there’s a lot of “anecdotal evidence” that the TSA at Denver airport just “throws it away” instead of calling the cops on you when you show up with a baggy in your carry on. He went on to say the federal government has made it clear pot should not “leave” the state where it’s legal. Snyder suggests cannabis has to be taken off “the Controlled Substances Act” before we start seeing marijuana friendly skies.

Another View

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At “the weed blog” a personal story was posted about walking right on through the TSA at a Portland airport. This guy was on route to Denver with an ample amount of the green stuff on him and had no problems. He thinks it’s because it’s legal in Portland and Denver and the nice TSA man, manning the x-ray machine, decided to look the other way when he saw the contraband on his screen.

A Cooler TSA

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A Forbes magazine article titled, “Is The TSA Cool With Your Pot?” goes even further suggesting that if you fly inside the state of California and carry your medical marijuana records with you, it’s possible you could keep walking through the security line when you come face to face with the TSA.

The Law

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What people should realize is every state has laws on transporting drugs across state lines and you’re breaking them when you fly with pot. If you want get the full story on federal pot laws start with this letter from the US Department of Justice outlining eight points to consider here.

Conclusion

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Before you even started reading this piece you already knew, deep down, you cray-cray! You can’t be flyin’ with weed on ya! I know. you were searching for some kind of contrarian view, and those exist, but eventually you’ll have to come to terms with it like everyone else and understand that it’s all a crap shot, a gamble, a crossing your fingers when you walk through the security line type mentality, but maybe the TSA will be cool to you when you fly! Doubtful. Sure, things could change in the near future, but as it stands, the arguments I’ve outlined in this piece hardly hold any weight.  Plus, it could very well ruin your whole dang trip and possibly your life if you decide to bring pot to the airport.

What do you think about pot on a plane? Let us know on social media or in the comments section below.

Further Reading :

http://www.attn.com/authors/167/thor-benson

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobsullum/2013/10/08/is-the-tsa-cool-with-your-pot/#7cd8248793ed

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